Masterclass: Prof. Charlie Beckett (LSE) & Prof. Mark Deuze (UvA)

Emotion and the Future of Journalism

Date: Saturday, 20 February 2016
Time: 10 – 13 hrs
Venue: University Library – Doelenzaal. Singel 425, Amsterdam
Speakers: Prof. Charlie Beckett, London School of Economics and Prof. dr. Mark Deuze, University of Amsterdam
Open to: Masterclass: PhD researchers and Research Master students who are a member of RMeS or another National Graduate Research School | Public Lecture: Open to all
Credits: 1 ECTS
Coordination: RMeS/prof. Deuze
Registration: Maximum participants in the event: 10 / Register before: 8 February 2016
Registration for RMa students & PhD Candidates
Registration public lecture: please send an e-mail to

RMeS is proud to host Professor Charlie Beckett, founding director of POLIS, the think-tank for research and debate in to international journalism and society in the Media and Communications Department of the London School of Economics. Before academia Charlie Beckett was senior producer and programme editor at the BBC and ITN’s Channel 4. He will speak about the role of emotion in the future of journalism.


10:00 Doors open; coffee, tea

10.15 Welcome by Prof. dr. Mark Deuze, Director RMeS

10.30 – 11.30 Public Lecture – Prof. Charlie Beckett
(Open to all)

How is emotion animating new narratives and relationships with audiences? What are the opportunities and challenges emotion throws up for journalism? These questions are put in the broader context of the state of journalism and the central paradox at the moment that journalists have never had more powerful tools to create content and connect to the public, and yet, journalism has never been more vulnerable in terms of its ability to sustain itself, to command attention and to maintain qualities.

11.30 – 13.00 Masterclass- Prof. Charlie Beckett
Discussion chaired by Prof. Deuze
(for RMa and PhD only)

Preparation and readings:

Each registered participant has to prepare two well-argued questions or propositions for Professor Beckett, grounded in the readings for the masterclass. These questions need to be submitted (as a PDF attachment) to: mdeuze [at] by 5pm on Friday, February 19. ECTS will be conferred based on meeting this deadline, the quality of the questions/propositions submitted, attendance to the masterclass, and active participation in the discussion.

Set Readings to prepare

Beckett, Charlie (2010) The value of networked journalism. POLIS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Beckett, Charlie (2015) How journalism is turning emotional and what that might mean for news. POLIS.

Deuze, M. (2014). Journalism, Media Life, and the Entrepreneurial Society. In: Australian Journalism Review 36(2), 119-130.

Background readings

Beckett, Charlie (2012) Communicating for change: media and agency in the networked public sphere POLIS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Beckett, Charlie (2011) WikiLeaks: news in the networked era Polity Press, Cambridge, UK.

Deuze, M. (2008). The Changing Context of News Work: Liquid Journalism for a Monitorial Citizenry [online]. In: International Journal of Communication 2. Available:

Credits & certificate

Certificates of participation and credits are available upon request after the event. Event coordinators will decide whether the participant has fulfilled all requirements for the ECTS. Please direct your request to and include the postal address you want the certificate send to. Note: the certificate itself is not valid as ECTS, you need to validate it yourself at your local Graduate School.